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If Liberia is Getting Better, Why are Outlying Counties’ Capitals Still Undeveloped?

first_imgA week ago, I travelled to Robertsport, the capital of Grand Cape Mount – located in western part of the country, to assess its tourism potential.My expectations of Robertsport were high. I expected to see improved infrastructure, even socially and economically, since my last visit there three years ago.However, things turned out to be the opposite. Although the city has a huge potential for tourism, which still remains largely untouched or undeveloped, nothing has changed in terms of infrastructure and social and economic development.My first depression came about when the taxi I was in turned off the paved road leading to the Liberia-Sierra Leone border, and started on the road to my destination, which was unpaved and muddy.Though the country has not fully entered the rainy season, during which most of the roads are in a deplorable state, the one leading to Robertsport has started to disintegrate, and will get worse during the rainy season.Despite the rough ride to the city, when I arrived, I was delighted to experience the beauty of Robertsport and its undeveloped tourist spots, which still has lots to offer visitors.I took a canoe ride over Lake Piso, saw the bay mouth of the lake connecting the Atlantic Ocean, visited historical sites, and the famous Massatin Island,, home to monkeys and different bird species.Nevertheless, the happiness was short lived as the city is still undeveloped, and still the way it was during my previous visit there. The city’s infrastructure is old, most buildings with tourism potential lie in ruins, there are no recreation centers or parks, and day or night, the city is dead.Once a beautiful place before the civil war, Robertsport can only boast of having one bank, without an ATM, no restaurants, no supermarkets, not even an internet café. There is also no electricity.The only hotel in town is very expensive, though it lacks a bar, gym or spa.In addition, the city is filthy, as heaps of rubbish surrounds it; and worst of all, the city has a very poor internet connection; you even have to walk up a hill to get mobile internet connection.Meanwhile, Robertsport’s fishery industry has not improved; it remained stagnant like the way I left it years back. Also, half of the communities are covered in bushes, as if to say ‘nobody lives around here.’Moreover, since the city’s infrastructure has not improved, the economic wellbeing of the people looks worse than people in the Monrovia. Although the people appear happy, they are materially poor. Very Poor! Socially, the 21st century youth of Robertsport are living like it’s the 20th century.Sadly, Robertsport is not the only city facing this challenge; Tubmanburg, Bopolu, Greenville, Cestos City and Barclayville, just to name a few, fall into this same category. They are lagging behind in everything; and it is sad to say that people are still living like in the 19th and 20th centuries.The bushes surrounding half of the city’s paved roadShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Twitch Prime games for August 2018

first_imgNew Twitch Prime games for August 2018 by Martin Brinkmann on August 02, 2018 in Games – No commentsTwitch Prime customers, those who have linked an Amazon Prime account to the game streaming platform Twitch, get free games and digital items regularly each month.The last month was filled with an impressive list of free games that Twitch Prime users could add to their account. Among the many games made available during the time were smash hits such as Tyranny, Serial Cleaner, The Bridge, Tacorna, or the SNK Bundle.Twitch continues the spree by providing customers with another set of free games and virtual items that that can add to their account.Note that games and items remain accessible even if you decide to cancel your Prime membership.The Twitch Prime loot bundle of August 2018A total of five games are listed currently on Twitch when you are signed in to an account that is eligible for the offer (read Amazon Prime account linked to the Twitch account).The five games in question are:Wizardry Bundle (August 1 – 31)Jotun: Valhalla Edition (August 1 – 31)Antihero (August 1 – 31)SteamWorld Dig (August 1 – 31)Death Squared ( (August 1 – 31)All you need to do to claim the offers is to click on “claim offer” under each of the listed games to add them to the account.You need the Twitch Desktop App to play the games on your Windows PCs. All released games are only available for Windows.Wizardry BundleWizardry Bundle includes Wizardry 6, 7 and 8. Wizardry is a classic RPG series that was very influential. The games are classic games that don’t look too good on today’s systems. Wizardry makes up for it with great gameplay if you like roleplaying games.Jotun: Valhalla EditionJotun: Valhalla edition is an action-style viking adventure game by Thunder Lotus Games.AntiheroAntihero is a fast-paced multiplayer turn-based strategy game that plays in Victorian London.SteamWorld DigSteamWorld Dig is a platform minding adventure with strong Metroid and Terraria influences.Death SquaredDeath Squared, finally, is an addictive puzzle game that you play in co-op. The game is all about cooperation to solve each level and move on to the next in line.Apart from the listed games, digital loot is also available. Digital items are available for RuneScape, Overwatch, PUBG, Warframe, and Call of Duty WWII.To claim one, some or all of the offers click on the crown icon on the Twitch website after you have signed in and linked your Amazon Prime account to Twitch. You find all offers listed on the page.Now You: What is your take on the free loot that Twitch hands out monthly?SummaryArticle NameNew Twitch Prime games for August 2018DescriptionTwitch Prime customers, those who have linked an Amazon Prime account to the game streaming platform Twitch, get free games and digital items regularly each month.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more